I don't think I've ever been anywhere sexier than the Beaufort Bar at the Savoy Hotel, and I've been to some pretty sexy places.
The reputation of the Savoy Hotel, located on the Strand near Charing Cross station, is recognised across the globe and the Beaufort Bar only serves to maintain the high standard and unashamed glamour of such fame. Imagine black lacquer and gold gilt, an illuminated bar and plush seats, and tables that are so shiny you can see your own face in them. This room doesn't scream 'Luxury', it whispers it from every detail and oozes it out of every item on the menu. If you wished you had been born in the glitzy, decadent, hedonistic 1920s, this Art Deco bar is the perfect place for you.
I went on a Saturday afternoon when the bar was reasonably quiet - I suppose some people still have reservations about drinking before 4pm at the weekend... The staff couldn't be more accommodating and polite, or more dashingly attired in their black tie uniforms. The soundtrack to my visit was provided by a talented pianist at the grand piano, playing classical pieces as well as contemporary tunes-turned-piano-melodies such as Robbie Williams 'Angels'.
Bu under no illusions, this glamour comes at a price, and quite a steep one. The cheapest cocktail is £14.50, but with so many to choose from, you lose your concentration amongst the list of unknown spirits and liqueurs and forget the price. I started with a Corpse Reviver No 2 - something to do with lime, Cointreau and Absinthe with quite a kick. You're served nibbles such as honey almonds and olives, which are refilled endlessly. With such fun names as Dapper Dandy and White Tiger's Milk, it's impossible to have just one drink so I finished an Encantador, but could have easily made my way through the entire menu had my wallet been bigger.
Entertainment is provided throughout the week such as cabaret and live music, or if Afternoon Tea is more to your taste, it's available until 6.30pm.
Respect the room by dressing up nicely - absolutely no trainers or sportswear allowed, though I'm sure there's no objection to sequins, silk or cummerbunds. Dress to the nines, order a lethal cocktail and soak up the atmosphere - if you don't leave this bar wanting to lead a more glamorous life, you haven't done it properly...